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I'm too young to feel this old!!!

Although I'm no youngster (almost 60) I've been feeling SO old recently!If I catch sight of myself in a mirror, I see a really haggard looking woman looking back at me.

I like bright clothes, try to lead a full & positive life & all in all try to look at the bright side of life, but oh boy am I failing recently! But on a good note, I realise that I'm in the middle of a bad flare up, so have to keep reminding myself that I'll feel a bit better soon.

Actually today hasn't been too bad, I recently discovered T'ai Chi & have a class on Mondays - & it really helps!!! I would encourage any of you to give it a go if you can. It's very slow & gentle, you hardly feel like you're doing any exercise. It has really helped my balance & co-ordination. Also it doesn't tire me out (too much) After a class I always feel much more positive which can't be bad, can it?

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Hey Cobweb, I can relate to that, I look in the mirror and just see a tired person! even when I feel pretty good, I just always look shattered! But don't forget, beauty is in the eye of the beholder ;) That's great that you are doing T'ai Chi if it helps you. Its interesting that you say it helps with balance, my balance is not very good at times and I sometimes nearly fall over, I lost my balance and fell into a wall at work the other day in front of some students! I'm sure they must have thought I was drunk lol! Keep up the classes :) x


I know the feeling ,im 52 but when i get a flare my kids take apic to log it and i look about 100 very scary look swollen all round chin and mouth looks like ive had a stroke few hours later im ok , but the lead like legs and tight jaw still frighten all the family and tears roll too! weird this illness isnt it . Hope your ok this evening !


Hi Cobweb, glad the Tai chi is helping you . I can definately relate to you feeling old, I am 51 and my mother inlaw is 80 and she has so much more energy , get up and go etc than me, I know it's the condition , but what a comparison . Only joined the site yesterday and already finding so much that I can relate too , It's good to know others feel the same .


Yep, I'm another one whose 80 year old mother in law is much fitter than me! I did read on an American website once that people with FM have the physical capacity of an 80 year old .... but she's MUCH fitter than me!!


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